All the hardware stores in my area charge $30 or higher per gallon of
Benjamin Moore Soft Glow semi-gloss exterior paint.
I'm wondering if there's a less expensive brand that would hold up as well
as Benjamin Moore. In my area there's a Home Depot and a Sears. Would
anything available at, say, HD or Sears be equal to Benjamin Moore, or is
Benjamin Moore really worth $30 per gallon?
Top of the line Behrfrom Home Depot is excellent, as is many others
including top of the line Sherwin Williams. BM is overated and
overpriced in my opinion, not that it's bad. It's just not better, and
is more expensive.
How much is your time worth?
Paint is the cheapest part of a painting job. Time and labor
are expensive. It makes sense to use the best paint there is so it is
longer before one must expend the time and labor again.
No. There is no alternative except painting more often.
Painted my house with Benjamin Moore acrylic latex in 1993. Aside from
a few places where touchups were required, it didn't need a repaint
until this year. That is in spite of the fact that the overhangs on the
house are too small, and it's exposed to a lot of weather.
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